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Albertus Magnus and Rational Astrology

Department of History, Political Science, and Religious Studies, Carroll University, Waukesha, WI 53186, USA
Religions 2020, 11(10), 481;
Received: 9 July 2020 / Revised: 23 August 2020 / Accepted: 21 September 2020 / Published: 23 September 2020
All too commonly scholars take a piecemeal approach toward the work of medieval intellectuals such as Albert the Great (d. 1280), with a view to understanding singly his contributions to the history of science, various philosophical approaches, or theology, as if his mind was somehow compartmentalized. Furthermore, in spite of great advances in studying the history of occult subjects, modern writers sometimes still lapse into writing about medieval astrology as a superstition. This study suggests that we should consider medieval intellectual thought holistically, as a product of a different rationality than that which is dominant today. In order to illustrate this approach, I examine astrological belief within Albert’s thought as rational and consider some of the theological reasons why Albert was fascinated with this topic. View Full-Text
Keywords: Albertus Magnus; astrology; free will; theology; scholasticism Albertus Magnus; astrology; free will; theology; scholasticism
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Hendrix, S.E. Albertus Magnus and Rational Astrology. Religions 2020, 11, 481.

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